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22 May 2012: New playgrounds offer a soft and natural landing for local kids

Plans to develop new play areas in Kennington have been given the green light and local children living on the Cotton Gardens and Ethelred Estates plus Pedlars Acre Open Space are set to benefit from a £200k play area improvement project.

The current ball game area, flanked by the Cotton Gardens Estate is to get a major facelift to transform it from a run down ball area, into a new safe and modern multi-sports space.

It will benefit from new surfacing and multi purpose football and basketball goals and new fencing.

Additional adjacent space has also been earmarked for development into an environmentally friendly, green and sustainable playground haven for younger children. Newly installed play equipment and play features will be built using natural products.

With sustainability at the heart of the improvement plans, the playground  - earmarked for the under 12s - will be built using timber sourced only from FSC accredited suppliers guaranteeing that all wood comes from a sustainable source, and recycled rubber grass matt safety surfacing. 

The new playground’s ‘green credentials’ will also be boosted by landscaping including trees and shrubs that will provide shelter on hot days,  reduce the risk of flooding following heavy rain, and improve the air quality for local residents.

As well as being sustainable, the materials used for building are built for the ‘modern age’ and are designed to resist vandalism and minimise the amount of repair or maintenance needed.

The flowering trees, shrubs, perennial and grasses that will be planted around the playground will also attract birds, insects and wild flowers to the area. 

At Pedlars Acre Open Space the existing older children’s’ playground will be upgraded with new timber play equipment and repairs to the safety surface.  At Ethelred Estate the existing ball games and play area will be made safer by enclosure with a secure rigid weldmesh ball court fence to enable the site to be locked at night. 

Neil Litherland, Lambeth London Living Chief Executive said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to provide new play areas for our younger residents. As they will be built to ‘green and sustainable’ standards, they can be enjoyed for generations to come and quite literally – will not cost the earth”.

Work on the playgrounds is scheduled to begin in late June.